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and the continuing news out of newtown connecticut tonight as well as some other important politics, news that is not related to what happened in newtown. the brand new senator elect is chris murphy. the mayor of newark, new jersey is going to be joining us in just a moment. as is the police chief from oak creek wisconsin where that mass shooting occurred this past august. that is all coming up this hour. but, in order to understand one important element of the response to newtown, in order to try to get a handle on the range of possible outcomes here, as we try to make decisions as a country as to whether we are going to change as a country because of this massacre and because of the national heartbreak it has caused, to try to get at that very big question, there is a very narrow discussion to be had about a piece of new technology. this is something called a 3d printer. anybody can become a small-scale manufacturer of anything. all you have to do is down load a computer file or create a computer file that has the specifications for the shape of a thing that you would like to build. you
to changing gun laws now in the wake of this latest massacre in newtown connecticut, with 26 people being dead and the big majority of nra members in favor of at least starter reforms to our gun laws, the biggest barrier to reforming our laws now may just be the pervasive common wisdom that it's not even worth it to try. modern history defies that common wisdom. but it persists. it persists, maybe. now, the last time we talked on the show about the long, long and long lost modern history and bipart san gun reforms was in the wake of the tucson shooting this past weekend. and in the wake of that shooting, the tucson shooting, this was the general assessment. gun control dead. a nonstarter. shootings unlikely to change laws. don't expect any changes. that was our random survey of the headlines last january after the tucson shootings. at least if you asked the beltway shooting gods. now it seems like the common wisdom may be less certain. look at the headlines now. and it's more like this. debate on gun control is revived. lawmakers call for tougher gun laws in wake of new town massacre. gun cont
. officers never fired a shot. the gunman's mother was found dead at a newtown location where the gunman lived. police have released no motive for the attack. the weapons used in the shooting were all legally purchased and were registered to the gunman's mother. an emotional president obama addressed the nation this afternoon from the white house. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. and each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the
the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, colorado, is still helping his community try to recover from the mass shooting there this summer where 12 people were shot and killed and another 58 people were shot but survived. he said today from aurora, "our hearts go out to the people of newtown." colorado's senator michael bennet said today, "as coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core. we are here for connecticut today." colorado's governor, john hickenlooper, he said, "we know too well what impact this kind of violence has on a community." he said that the first thing he wanted to do today was talk to his counterpart governor in connecticut, dan malloy. governor hickenlooper said, "i cannot put into words how impossible it seems to me that this can happen again so suddenly." virginia tech was the site of a mass shooting five years ag
, the newtown police department received a call. >> our hearts are broken today. parents and sisters and brothers and family of these children and adults who were lost. >> there were 18 children pronounced dead at the scene and two children transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital, and there were six adults pronounced dead at the scene. >> evil visited this community today. this is a terrible time for this community and for these familie families. >> good morning. i'm melissa harris-perry. we are awaiting a press conference on the latest on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. today, we are focused entirely on newtown. approximately an hour and a half outside of new york city, newtown, connecticut, is a small commuter town locateded in fairfield kocounty. it is a predominantly middle-class white community with approximately 30,000 people. they have several schools and synagogues and churches and it has a rotary club and basketball league like many other towns, but yesterday, as many of you know, newtown became the latest statistic of what is a disturbin
of newtown, we are with you today and in the weeks and months ahead that was the word today from ron barber, who was shot and wounded in the mass shooting in tucson last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including the grievous wounding of congresswoman gabby giffords. ron barber, who took gabby giffords' seat in congress after she stepped down to deal with her injuries. he said today, as those of us in tucson know, senseless acts such as these tear at the very fabric of a community. mark kelly, gabby giffords' husband said today i just spoke with gabby, and she sends her prayers from tucson. in oak creek, wisconsin, where four months ago this was another mass shooting at a sikh temple, another six people gunned down at that temple. a school superintendent there today told the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, kit happen anywhere. the mayor of aurora, colorado, is still helping his community try to recover
rifle association promised meaningful contributions to avoid another tragedy like the one in newtown, connecticut. friday, the gun rights group unveiled that plan. nra executive vice president wayne lapierre says the u.s. should put armed guards in all schools. the comments came one week after 20 children and seven adults excludeing the gunman were killed in one of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history. >>> and what was a poorly guarded secret in washington, john kerry nominated to the next secretary of state. susan rice was believed to be the first choice, but she pulled her name out of the running after several members of congress attacked her responses to the deadly attacks in benghazi. >>> a former u.s. marine was imprisoned in mexico for four months has been reunited with his family. john hammer was released yesterday partly thanks to the work from u.s. senator bill nelson. hammer was imprisoned on a questionable charge after police found him with an antique shotgun. he says u.s. officials told him it was okay to cross the border with the gun shown here, but mexican officials
newtown, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this really difficult and incomprehensible time. but be assured that as a member of congress, i'm going to work with you, i'm going to continue to pray with you, and i'm going to make certain that this doesn't happen again because we have an obligation, we know what our to-do list is and we have only to do it before year's end and with that i yield. . mr. murphy: i yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i have been to newtown, connecticut, and it's less than an hour's drive from my congressional district. we mourn all the people who lost their lives on friday, including 20 elementary school children and six educators. over the past few years, we have seen innocent lives lost to gun violence in a supermarket parking lot in arizona, a movie theater in colorado, an army base in texas, a college campus in virginia and now an elementary school in connecticut. the weapons have spawned these tragedies and long past time that we control them. the s
that story. >> reporter: the long, slow procession of funerals happens again in newtown. four more victims will be laid to rest, including teacher victoria soto. >> whatever actions they took to divert his attention, i'm sure they're the ones that responsible for her being here with us today. >> reporter: while this grieving community continues to remember and mourn the 26 who are not. >> there's no words. >> just deep sadness. just like -- just right down to the middle of all of us. >> reporter: grief counselors and extra security teams were at schools as class resumed in k w newto newtown, tuesday. sandy hook elementary has been closed. it's not clear when students will restart school, when they do, the classrooms will look the same as they did before the attack at monroe elementary. still everyone here knows they will never be the same. 20 friends, teammates, brothers and sisters will always be missing. jay gray, nbc news, newtown, connecticut. >>> now for a look at the weather including that winter storm making its way east, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins. good morning. >>> goo
in connecticut, newtown, connecticut, it's so hard for them to believe and to understand what happened here. back to you. >> they haven't said officially that the shooter wound up killing himself, have they? >> reporter: they have not. they have not revealed that. they have not officially released the shooter's name either. we also understand, remember, there is another adult at another location who was also found dead and we believe that that has some connection to the shooter in this case, and yet someone else was also being questioned. so this investigation is far from over. there is a warrant being served at the place where the suspect lived with someone else, who was also involved in the shooting. and so a lot of questions, of course, as we all have at this time to find out how this happened and, wolf, why this happened. >> many questions that law enforcement will be investigating. susan, stand by. joining us on the phone right now is lieutenant paul vance, a spokesman for the connecticut state police. he's in newtown himself. i don't know if you have the answers, lieutenant, and you must be
in newtown, the country remains polarized on the issue of gun control. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is in washington. we know that some lawmakers came forward and expressed interest in introducing legislation about gun control, but i guess the question is will they really in the new year? >> reporter: it really -- the reaction, especially and even among republicans to the nra idea is sort of muted at best. it's not a lot of enthusiasm on capitol hill for the idea of the federal government stepping in and endorsing the idea of all schools having armed police officers. never mind funding it. listen to a couple of senators, starting with a republican. >> we had an armed guard in columbine. we had an assault ban. none of it worked. we're talking about preventing mass murder from nontraditional criminals. people who are not traditional criminals, who are not wired right for some reason. >> since we passed the brady law, the assaults are down. we need to keep working on this, and there are lots of different solutions. >> just because the republicans may not be runn
the attorney general is set to head to newtown, connecticut, today after meeting with vice president joe biden at 1:00. but don't expect to see him. this is not a public event. the attorney general has scheduled to apparently meet with some of the law enforcement officials in that town and then also with some of the first responders who were the first people to enter the sandy hook elementary school and discover the carnage there that ended up being the loss of 20 children and six adults in that school and then, of course, the mother of the killer who was shot in her bed and the killer himself. the attorney general apparently is not traveling with any other senior justice officials to newtown. he will also not be attending any of the funerals or the memorials. and again, you will not be seeing the pictures of him. there's no plan for this to be anything public other than these meetings he's going to have with those law enforcement officials. but, of course, this is a day of more farewells in newtown. six, six funerals in this tiny community, six visitations also. so 12 services. these people b
as newtown continues to mourn the loss of 20 children and six adults. vice president joe biden will meet with law enforcement officers from across the country today. the goal is to come up with recommendations to curb gun violence. funeral services for five more victims are being held today. cbs reporter marlie hall with the new call for action. >> my name is richard bloomenthal. >> reporter: connecticut senator bloomenthal and chris murphy met with a group called newtown united who came together after the shooting to push for a ban on assault weapons. they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence. >> as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons. but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure that only the right people have firearms. >> reporter: there will be at least nine more fun
on a missing child. "they're all dead" she said. "they're all dead." we're here in newtown, back to you. >> pelley: lou, thanks very much. paul vance is a police lieutenant with the connecticut state police. he's been briefing reporters today and i asked him what he saw when he arrived at the school. >> it's a horrific scene. it's a very tragic scene, as we've been reporting. it involve it had death of numerous children, 20 to be exact, six adults. and it's a very tragic, horrific scene. >> pelley: were the children who were killed in one classroom? spread out across the entire school? >> one section of the building is the best way we can explain it. the deceased were all located in one complete section of the building. >> pelley: and where was the gunman found? >> in the hallway. >> pelley: outside of a classroom? >> correct. >> pelley: as the sun is going down now, are the victims still in the school? >> yeah, this is a long process and by that i mean it's a crime scene, it's a criminal investigation, it mandates that we meticulously document every single square inch of that building.
. >>> in the wake of the newtown shooting, the sergeant served two tours in iraq and one in afghanistan. he is now a stay at home dad but yesterday he went to houston elementary school and stood guard and greeted students who were grateful for his presence. the marine said he plans to be at the school today and after the holiday break. >>> our time is now 6:26 blowing filled a plane, this is hard to imagine, 20,000 pounds of potatoes and they were testing something meant for human passengers. boeing put sacks of poe tates in airplane seats. they were a stand in for humans to make sure they don't interfere with the communication system. the potatoes represent the way human reflect electronic signals and the potatoes were -- show more patience than humans. >>> you can see fire crews are on the scene between capital and plymouth. this two-alarm fire was reported about a half hour ago and the ocean muni line is blocked. they do have bus bridges bringing people -- printing -- bringing people -- bringing people up to this area. this is a look at the san mateo bridge westbound 82 and 84, this is a great
month. >>> newtown connecticut will bury three more children after what triggered last week's deadly school shooting. the gunman's home is still a crime scene and they have removed boxes of evidence from there. we learned just days before the shooting the mother had been on vacation alone at a resort in new hampshire. she returned home one day before the shooting rampage. the school shooting has renewed calls for gun control. coming up, a new pole shows how americans feel about that issue after the tragedy in newtown. >>> and today mayor ed lee will introduce legislation aimed at reducing gun violence. blakely is one of two teens who died in the bay view last weekend. he called the deaths horrible and met with faith leaders to discuss how to reduce the violence. there have been 60 homicides in san francisco compared to 50 this time last year. >>> time is now 5:06 sal is coming back getting you out the door this morning, so far so good. >>> yes, it looks good, dave and torii, it is a nice drive, there are no major problems as you drive through. if you will be on the east shore freeway
dot the curb just outside the newtown high school. teddy bears at ram's pasture. angels keeping watch near the center of town. and the town's flag in the center of main street at half-staff. and the once joyful christmas tree now has a different glow. surrounded by memorial candles and the lights of the world's media. the residents of newtown know it will take time for this town to heal. but they're also determined to know the world that newtown will not just become another word for tragedy. >> the town right now is mourning. we're sad. i think -- i think down the road, we'll definitely be stronger. you know we have to be stronger. >>> good evening, everyone. we are live once again tonight from newtown, connecticut, a community struggling with grief, reaching out to one another for comfort, beginning the long, long process of saying goodbye to so many young lives cut far too short. makeshift memorials we mind the people of this community that they're not alone in their grief. people stop by to leave candles and flowers, teddy bears, notes of comfort. it's a daunting concept, the idea
. an update on the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in newtown, connecticut. herse hearses are making their way through the town today. vice president biden is meeting in the next hour with law enforcement representatives as well as cabinet members. what he's doing is leading the president's effort to come up with new proposals to reduce gun violence. also today attorney general eric holder, he is meeting with law enforcement officials and first responders in newtown. we have learned new information about the gunman's mother. friends say that nancy lanza went on vacation alone at a resort in new hampshire days before the shooting. she checked out last thursday afternoon. her son killed her and went on his murderous rampage friday morning. we've also been able to piece together details about the gunman, adam lanza's mother nan nancy. haven't heard much from the father. mary snow is taking a closer look at a strange relationship between the father and son. >> his home is less than hour away from where his son adam oepd fire in sandy hook elementary school, but a person that k
imagine in newtown, it doesn't feel anything like christmas should feel. just horribly sad. we'll bring you the latest coming up in a second. >>> also this morning, the people who are insisting that the end of the world is happening today, all this talk about the end of the mayan calendar has some people doing some rather drastic things. >> so far so good. we're looking all right. >> we're here. >> we'll see what the rest of the day brings. it's been fun in case we're not here later. >>> and later, if there is a later, simon cowell has a brand new reality of his own. something is going on behind the scenes and it involves someone very special. you will not believe who simon cowell is dating. i'm a little jealous. i didn't think simon had that kind of game. >> it is surprising. >> apparently he does. he does have that money. that's true. >>> we begin with killer blizzard slamming the midwest, turning roads into danger zones. >> a foot of snow fell on des moines, 20 inches in madison, shutting down that city. and this morning, the storm is now moving east. warnings and watches are posted
the fiscal cliff. >>> another day of painful goodbyes in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth straight day funerals of children gone far too soon. >>> among our guests this morning, we'll be talking to senator richard blumenthal, senator johnny isaacson, congressman peter king. it's thursday, december 20th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. the first significant winter storm of the season is our starting point this morning. it threatens to derail some holiday travel plans for maybe millions of americans along with the snow. there's also a threat of tornados in the south. the governor of wisconsin has declared a state of emergency even before the storm hits. six states across the midwest are under blizzard warnings. the system stretches all the way from the great lakes to colorado. the rocky mountain state already taking a big beating. 156-mile stretch of interstate 70 had to be shut down yesterday because of the snow. it reopened late last night. >>> this morning, 36,000 people are without power in the state of iowa. lots of folks hoping to get a
getting ready for school in newtown, connecticut. those 26 innocents were gunned down in cold blood inside the sandy hook elementary school. this morning at 9:30 eastern time, the country is invited to observe a moment of silence along with newtown. there's been an endless procession of grief to remember all of these victims. three more funerals will be held today. this morning at 9:30 eastern time in connecticut and across the entire nation, a moment of silence will be observed followed by the ringing of church bells. that will happen 26 times. cnn's poppy harlow is live in newtown, connecticut. good morning to you, poppy. >> reporter: good morning, zoraida. you see the volunteers behind me here. 5:00 a.m. in the morning, they're working trying to keep this makeshift memorial beautiful for this town. it's one of so many that has sprung up across newtown. at 9:30 eastern this morning, the world will be grieving and remembering with this entire community, that moment of silence will be felt around the world. also, you're going to hear church bells ringing across this town 26 to 28 times for
is here. and, of course, so much of our attention still on newtown this morning. more funerals are planned for today. as we look at those makeshift memorials. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for them by volunteers. and teachers have already been meeting to find a way to start that normal routine back for them again. it's so important. >> it is. we're going to go to amy robach there in just a moment. >>> first, breaking news overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday has been freed after a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although not physically harmed.
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us a preview of what his priorities will be. >>> in other news, including the newtown school massacre, the cycle of funerals and grief sends endless. three more children and three teachers were laid to rest today, including the principal, dawn hochsprung. and one more burial we're learning more about, adam lanza's first victim. deborah fay rec deborah feyerick is monitoring that. >> reporter: nancy lanza was lay i had to rest today. the chief of police, a close friend of the family, grew up with nancy and her brother who was on the police force, the chief is telling us that in fact there was a private service for family only. they didn't even invite friends. it was a very small service at an undisclosed location. she was buried. in fact, adam was not buried with her. that's still in discussion. if that happens, if he joins his mother at some point, it's not going to be for many months. but the mother, as you say, his first victim, she was buried today. this is the home where she died. shot four times in the head by her son. this, wolf, came after she had been away for three days. when
, in the wake of the newtown shootings, president obama says gun regulation will be, quote, a central issue of his second term. vice president joe biden has been tapped by the president to lead the effort and work with cabinet members on making recommendations before the president's state of the union address. the choice of biden makes sense given his extensive anti-crime portfolio as a long-time delaware senator. he helped to pass a ban on assault weapons in 149. he also received an "f" rating from the nra. he acknowledged that gun legislation alone would not solve the problem. >> we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply-held passions and political divides. as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. but the fact that this problem is co
of the children and school officials in newtown, connecticut. >> thank you. to lead us through the taiex thank you. to lead us through the preliminary matters and to provide us with a welcoming address, i would like to pass the gavel to congresswoman elect, joyce beatty. >> thank you very much, secretary husted. we begin with an innovation. at this time i would like to ask the reverend angela simmons to please come up. let us pray. almighty god, we gather here together today as people from many different faith traditions, yet we share a bond that is deep and enduring, a profound and abiding belief in justice and peace for all of your children. from the rolling hills of new england to the sunny beaches of california and beyond even the borders of this hallowed land. together today we meet to celebrate this democracy, lord, with which you have blessed us and we assemble to cast the votes that will elect the next president of these united states of america. we pray that each person casting a vote does so with a pure mind, heart, and soul seeking the very best and the highest good for the people of th
in politics, where emotion will pull the logic train. the emotion of what happened in newtown, connecticut, the emotion contained in a week of funerals, we're at the front of a church or synagogue or a mosque, you're going to be very small -- there are going to be very small caskets. t.j., if we still have the picture of jack pinto buried yesterday in newtown, connecticut, buried in his little league uniform, that right there is what is going to change the dialogue for this. people carry around for years pictures of their children in little league uniforms, hockey uniforms, first and second grade school picture. that's the picture, the emotion that will pull this thing. >> if it doesn't, there's a serious problem. i understand the president does -- has a lot to do, when it comes to making sure that our economy doesn't fall off the cliff. there are tens of millions of working americans that know that the fiscal cliff situation needs to be addressed. isn't human nature funny, though, how we need to get moving on this? >> those critical issues you just mentioned, they seem so insignificant. >
. this one inside the sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. a grim new addition to the litany of lives lost in this country to mass gun violence. this time the majority of the victims were children. the death toll at the school has just been updated by connecticut police. 27 people dead, 20 children, 6 adults, and the gunman. the second deadliest school shooting in united states history. officials add that one other adult was found dead at a secondary scene. there is some confusion over the identity of the shooter. not a surprise given the situation like this. and details about his motive and exactly what firearms were used are evolving. what we do know is that the gunman's mother, nancy, was a kindergarten teacher it he school and is among those killed. with the death toll encompassing many of her kindergarten students, children 5 and 6 years old. an emotional president addressed the tragedy just a few moments ago. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children, beautiful lit
. >>> from newtown to your town, americans pause this hour to remember those killed in the school massacre. we'll tell you how the tribute could echo through your community. >>> the nation's most powerful gun lobby the nra speaking out today one week after violence rocked that small community in connecticut. >>> and devastating implosion, the end of the world? nope, it is not the apocalypse, it's what people are saying about the fiscal cliff. after speaker boehner's plan b falls flat, what's next? "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. this hour a nation pauses to honor the victims of last week's horrifying attack at a connecticut elementary school. many americans including president obama will take part in a moment of violence at 9:30 eastern. that marks the moment one week ago that the gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. church bells will toll across the country 26 times to remember each of the children and educators killed, and after being noticeably quiet for the past week, the national rifle association holds a
newtown, connecticut, later today, as more shooting victims are laid to rest. >> also, the president is taking the first steps in a major effort to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again. abc's mark greenblatt joins us live, now, from newtown, with more. hi, mark. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. sadly, we're expecting more funeral processions to be going up and down the road behind me today. and the president is endorsing sweeping, new gun restrictions. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: tears flowed freely and neighboring communities came together for a tribute to newtown. >> benjamin, one of the greatest. abigail, one of the greatest. >> reporter: funeral processions seemed to spread across connecticut for the shooting victims, both children and adults. more than 100 firefighters honored young daniel barden, who wanted to grow up to be one of them. >> these young kids to have their lives taken so early. >> reporter: mourners paid respect to dawn hochsprung. and victoria soto was laid to rest. >> i think any teacher would do what she did. not blink and do whatever ha
killed just one week ago in newtown. >> what a remarkable week it's been. among those is the first lady, who has written a letter in this morning's "hartford courant." she writes, may the memories of those beautiful children and those heroic adults be a blessing for your community and for our country. >> and for more on the somber ceremonies, we're joined by wendy gillette in newtown. good morning, wendy. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. newtown is a very different place. one week ago, at this time, it was a different place. a quiet, small town where violence was extremely rare. now, as the nation continues to heal after the massacre, many will pause this morning to remember what was lost. bells across connecticut will toll 26 times at 9:30 this morning, marking the exact moment when terror invaded sandy hook elementary school. governor dan malloy called for a moment of silence at that hour. and asked places of worship with bells to ring them once for every person shot to death in the school. clergy say they will do the same to honor the victims. and many governors asked reside
cameras at least here lined up for the state police and the newtown police officials to come out and update us on the very latest that they know. we also know a little bit more detail from the librarian at sandy hook elementary school. she says the kids and the teen teachers were prepared on what they could overhear over the intercom. she talked a few moments ago on what she did to keep kids safe during the shooting spree. listen. >> everybody does what they have to do when confronted in a situation like that. and everybody that we practiced it, and they knew what to do, and you just think about protecting the kids and just doing the right thing. >> reporter: how long did you practice this? >> we have lockdown drills. i don't remember how many, but there are rules to have a certain number a year. so the kids know the routine. everyone has a spot in the room where they are supposed to go to. >> reporter: can you describe that space for us? >> in the library it is between a couple bookcases with no windows. we went into a back storage room and locked the kids in there. >> reporter:
quiet in the days following the newtown, connecticut, shooting, giving people time to mourn. now they are speaking up and they have a lot to say. despite protesters, the president and public opinion increasingly pushing against the gun lobby, the national rifle association sent a sharp message to its leader, wayne lapierre, no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with an a gun is a good guy with a gun. i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> reporter: in a wide-ranging statement, lapierre condemned the violence in connecticut, colorado and other places, but steered the conversation away from guns and gun law. indeed he lambasted officials who want to restrict guns from schools. >> in doing so they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> the nra has blood on its hands. >> reporter: despite twice being interrupted by protesters, lapierre went on to blame the media. >> a child growing
killed newtown, conn.. here is what we know at this hour. connecticut school. students massacred in their emotion. developing news at five. more than a dozens children shot and killed at an elementary in new town, connecticut. tonight many questions remain, but here is what wepam gives us the latest here is what we know about shooting in new town, connecticut at this hour. 27 the gunman. 20 of the victims are young children. police are questioning the brother of the shooter. and the gunmans mother has been found dead in his home. catherine heenan is standing >>catherine: newtown is 80 miles northeast of new york city. the scene of the shooting, is a relatively wealthy community founded 3=hundred years ago, just after nine this morning, it became the scene of one of the country's >> i just got a message saying there was an unconfirmed shooting >> we immediately jumped in the car and came down here >>catherine: parents arriving at the school found a nightmare scene. >> "i just heard the principal was shot and killed. i heard some kids were shot. a teacher mrs. hammons was shot." >>
. an elementary school in newtown, a shopping mall in oregon, a house of worship in wisconsin, a movie theater in colorado. >> those comments a day after he made a plea to the white house where he said he was affected by the tragedy as the president and as a parent. a coalition of lawmakers including the new york city mayor has called on the president to send a bill to congress addressing gun violence. >> local churches are offering prayers for those stricken with grief. >> we will pray for the families. >> reporter: about a hundred people came together to find hope and comfort through prayer last night at the goss pell church in oakland. the pastor preempted the regular friday night service and called for people of faith to unite and stand together. >> realizing that when things happen all we have is each other. you know to hold each other up whether we are in california or concouldn't. >> children and adults stood in a circle, held hands and prayed for the families in connecticut struggling to come to terms with their grief and loss. other churches will be holding similar services this
in newtown, connecticut, the community is coping with a steady stream of funeral processions. rene marsh has the story from newtown. >> another day brings heartbreaking funerals in a town try to figure out how to heal. >> the teachers in the sandy hook are struggling. >> thursday, more children including a six year-old will be laid to rest. they bid farewell to 27 year-old, victoria soto (music) >> paul simon, a family friend of soto perform " sound of silence" wednesday night, 3000 people gathered at western connecticut university for a tribute to the victims. the tragedy has been national debate over gun control. president obama is pledging to take action. the newtown united, a new form a group is calling for sensible gun legislation. >> we have 20 children that we are burying. >> we have learned that the day before her death, she just returned from a short trip to a luxury resort in new hampshire. in recent years she felt comfortable about leaving her son at home non-supervised. >> we're all going to continue to keep you updated with chilly conditions in the north bay. mid upper 20s. the
, but the nra finally responded to the massacre in newtown, connecticut. they promised a, quote, meaningful contribution to stop similar attacks. protesters interrupted the statement twice. what's the plan for the nra? armed guards in schools. why? listen. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs advertising them. and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> now, i want to show you some of the reactions to the nra's message. michael bloomberg has been critical of the president and congress for not tackling this subject earlier. so what did he say about the nra's plea? quote, a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. >>> connecticut congressman chris murphy represents newtown. and here's his tweet after that nra speech. quote, walking out of another funeral and was handed the nra transcript, the most revolting tone deaf statement i've ever seen. >>> and reaction from a gun shop in douglasville, georgia. >> i think
, soledad. blizzard warnings in the north and tornado threats in the south. >>> will the response to newtown be different if the shooter was not white? >>> one movie uniting both sides of the political aisle but why senators are speaking out against "zero dark 30." >>> take a page from the '80s rem song -- ♪ it could be the end of the world as we know it ♪ and some people are getting ready for the worst. >> i'm not planning on the world going away. that sucks. however, i'm a realist. i'm not going to put my head in the sand. >> oh, geez, not everyone is buying into that mayan prophecy. most everyone is not. some people are profiting from it, though. "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you for being with us. i'm coral costello. in f your holiday plans include traveling through the part of the country, buckle up. blizzard warnings from iowa to wisconsin, the massive storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the rockies and for the eastern half of the country be warned. it is heading your way. winter starts tomorrow but in the heartland it's already arrived with a vengeance. bl
of farewells in newtown. services were being held in connecticut for 7- year-old josephine gay and 6-year-old ana marquez- greene, while another service was taking place in utah today for 6-year-old emilie parker. and for the very latest we turn to chris monzingo for a closer look at the heated gun control debate. - >> reporter: as the last of the newtown school shooting victims are buried today a renewed debate about gun control has heated back up. late friday new jersey gov chris christie came out against posting armed guards in schools.. >> "i'm not someone who believes that having multiple armed guards in every school is something that will enhance the learning environment and thats our first school." >> reporter: the gov was responding to the national rifle association's proposal to create a program that would train volunteers on gun use to guard schools nationwide. and as executive vice president of the n-r-a wayne lapierre says the best way to ensure safety for our children is to have qualified armed security. >> "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a
attention seems to be shifting to newtown, connecticut with lawmakers putting a renewed focus on gun control. first signs of a changing dynamic in washington. many believe friday's unspeakable acts in connecticut could mark a tipping point. the "washington post" reporting that president obama ordered cabinet members to order proposals to curb gun violence, a push that could include a new ban on assault rifles. sources say vice president joe biden will spearhead that effort. still the white house press secretary jay carney wasn't ready to unveil specifics. >> it's a complex problem that will require complex solution. no single piece of legislation no single action will fully address the problem. so i don't have a specific agenda to announce to you today. >> one of the nation's leading proponents for gun regulation, mayor michael bloomberg, said he is prepared to use his own personal fortune for this cause. adding there's simply no need to wait for another tragedy to happen. >> if the massacre in tucson wasn't enough to make our national leaders act, and if the more recent bloodshed in aurora,
from this. as the nation pauses to remember the victims and newtown, a very powerful focus group and suggestions on how parents can help their children cope with the tragedy. >> we had the nra called for an armed police officer. i don't want to make it a gun to be because we partied on. would that make you feel better? without bringing comfort? in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer. megyn: a developing story now affecting millions of americans. it is officially the first day of winter. it has started with a vengeance in iowa. it was an unfolding across the heartland. we have heavy snow and strong winds creating whiteout conditions. dozens of cars and trucks and appendages. one pilot involving 25 vehicles late yesterday. reports of two people killed and seven injured. this is the scene in wisconsin. the state is still digging out from as many as 20 inches. the massive storm causing travel nightmares in several states. major airports the wing planes and cance
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